Georgia's rapprochement with NATO raises concerns: participants in the Geneva discussions


Representatives of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Russia have expressed the most serious concerns for regional stability and security in connection with the ongoing militarization of Georgia

The 51st round of the International Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia, held in accordance with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreements of August 12 and September 8, 2008, was held in Geneva after a one-year break, the South Ossetian delegation said for the media.

Discussions were held in two working groups: on security and on humanitarian issues.

"The first working group continued the discussion of ways to ensure the security of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It was emphasized that the South Ossetian delegation considered the development of a joint statement of all the participants in the discussions on the non-use of force as a necessary step to ensure durable security guarantees for South Ossetia from Georgia and to strengthen the existing structure. regional security ", - the message says.

The situation on the Georgian-South Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhaz borders was assessed by all participants in the Geneva Discussions, except for the Georgian participants, as stable and controllable.

The South Ossetian participants in the discussions again called on the Georgian party to start working on the delimitation and demarcation of the state border between the two countries, which would make it possible, in the interests of the population of the border regions, to remove a large set of problems caused by the absence of border agreements.

Representatives of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Russia expressed the most serious concern for regional stability and security in connection with the ongoing militarization of Georgia, the expansion of NATO's military presence and the creation of infrastructure facilities of the North Atlantic Alliance on the territory of the neighboring state.

"Further rapprochement between Georgia and NATO cannot but cause concern against the background of the inability of the Georgian authorities to commit themselves to non-use of force against neighboring states and to move towards the prospect of good-neighborly relations with the Republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia," the participants in the discussions note.

Representatives of South Ossetia drew the attention of all participants to the unacceptability of propaganda practiced by Georgia on the international platforms in order to discredit the Republic.

"The South Ossetian party noted the importance of the joint incident prevention and response mechanism (IPRM) and the hotline of communication operating within this format," the message says.

During the discussion of measures to combat the new coronavirus infection, the South Ossetian delegation described the epidemiological situation in the Republic as stable and controlled.

It was expressed gratitude to the Russian Federation for its assistance in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

A detailed conversation on humanitarian issues also took place, priority was given to the fate of the missing citizens of South Ossetia.

Once again, the most serious attention was drawn to Georgia's gross violations of the rights of the Tyrsygom Ossetians, who for several years are not able to gain access to their ancestral villages.

They also exchanged views on a number of other humanitarian issues.

The next meeting of the Geneva Discussions is scheduled to take place in March 2020.

Delegations from the Republic of South Ossetia, the Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia, the Russian Federation, the United States, as well as representatives of the EU, UN and OSCE took part in the discussions, organized under the constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South Ossetian delegation was headed by Presidential Envoy for post-conflict settlement Murat Dzhioev.

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